Oh, strawberry season! There’s so much to love, but this strawberry compote is at the top of the list. Two ingredients and less than half an hour is all it takes to make a sweet and garden fresh topping for ice cream or toast or to spread inside a peanut butter sandwich.
Making strawberry compote
But wait, what IS compote? Basically, it’s whole or roughly chopped fresh fruit cooked in a syrup. Compote is served fresh, whereas a chunky jam is usually processed in jars to be a shelf-stable product.
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This strawberry compote recipe is simple and has only two ingredients. That’s not to say you couldn’t get creative!
Spice it up:
- Toss in a thumb of fresh ginger to make a gingery strawberry compote.
- Stir some fresh mint leaves into the cooked compote.
- Once cooled, add a splash of tequila for a strawberry margarita compote.
- Stir a little bit of balsamic vinegar and black pepper into the cooled compote.
Easy Instant Pot
If you’ve used an Instant Pot electric pressure cooker, you know just how quickly a soft fruit such as strawberries will cook down. It’s a “set it and forget it” kind of a recipe. (Mmm, and just imagine the lovely fragrance when you release the steam vent!)
No Instant Pot? No problem. While an Instant Pot makes quick work of this strawberry compote recipe, you can make it on the stove top, too.
Strawberry compote on the stove top
To make a stove top version of this strawberry compote, simply combine the ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries are quite soft. This will take about 20-to-30 minutes.
As you cook the strawberries, use the back of a wooden spoon to mash them a bit, until you’re happy with the texture. If you prefer a texture that’s more like strawberry jam, you can use an immersion blender or a standing blender to process the fruit to a finer consistency.
5 Ways to use strawberry compote
- Spread it on toast
- Top pancakes or waffles
- Use it in these peanut butter and jelly muffins
- Make a peanut butter and strawberry compote sandwich
- Add a dollop to vanilla ice cream
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Instant Pot Strawberry Compote
This easy two-ingredient strawberry compote is great on toast or spooned over ice cream.
- 3 cups fresh strawberries washed, dried, and diced
- 1/3 cup honey
Combine strawberries and honey in Instant Pot.
Set instant pot for 3 minutes on manual with steam release closed.
Once done, steam release to open and allow to vent.
Mash strawberries with a fork for a chunky compote. For a smoother texture, use an immersion or upright blender to process further.
Serve warm over ice cream or pour strawberry compote into jars. Allow to cool before covering with lid. Refrigerate and enjoy within 5-7 days.
Makes: 2 cups